Merry Fitmas: Christmas Morning Gym Workout

Woman performing core exercise with a medicine ball

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the combination of tradition while spending precious time with loved ones. For the last 4 years, a group of us have gotten together for an early morning workout BEFORE all the holiday festivities commence. Let me tell you, nothing sets the tone for the day quite like working up a sweat and getting your endorphins going.

I’ve worked at a few different gyms in my day, and none of them allowed for this tradition to take place because they were always closed on major holidays! All that good equipment, just collecting dust.

It’s time to start your very own “Fitmas Tradition,” and boy, I got a stocking stuffer for you! Rather than coal, it’s Christmas workout created by yours truly!

With this “Rebel tested, fitness approved” breeze of a shirt soaker, you’ll be hard-pressed to wipe the grin off your face the rest of the day.

Warm-Up:

Grab a manageable set of dumbbells and get ready to rock some Tabata action! That’s 20 seconds per exercise with 10 seconds of rest in between (so you’ll need a timer or be set up in front of a clock), alternating between the two exercises below:

Dumbbell Lunges – 20 Seconds
Woman performing a lunge with dumbbells by her side

and

Dumbbell Lateral Raises – 20 Seconds
Woman performing dumbbell lateral raise

Complete the entire round 4 times!

Core

It’s time to bring the party to your core by rocking what I’ve dubbed “Rebel Planks!” These are standard forearm planks but done in a rebellious manner. You’re going to follow a “10/2” time formula as you find the most motivating song on your music player and plank to it the entire time!

Woman performing forearm plank

From the start of the song, you’re going to hold a perfect plank for 10 seconds, rest for 2 seconds (no cheating!!!), then repeat till your selected song is over!

Round 2: 4 x 30 x 3

Grab a stability ball, a bosu, and a medicine ball. You will be completing 4 exercises, 30 seconds each, back to back without stopping for 3 full rounds! NO BREAKS!

Stability Ball Pass Crunch – 30 Seconds
Woman performing stability ball crunch

with

BOSU Hop Squats – 30 Seconds
Woman performing squat, with one foot on a bosu ball and the other on the ground

and

Medicine Ball Squat w/ Press – 30 Seconds
Woman performing  a squat, while holding a medicine ball out straight from her shoulders

with

Bench Dips – 30 Seconds
Man performing a bench tricep dip

BREAK: 2 minutes of rest (grab some water)

Round 3: 4 x 30 x 3

Repeat the same format of 30 seconds per exercise, back to back with no breaks for 3 full rounds again, as you complete your Christmas morning working with these exercises!

Stability Ball Push-Up – 30 Seconds
Woman performing a push up, with her legs elevated on a stability ball

with

BOSU Plank – 30 Seconds
Man performing a forearm plank, where both his elbows are resting on a bosu ball

with

Medicine Ball Lunge Crossover – 30 Seconds
Woman performing a lunge. She has a medicine ball in her hands

with

Dumbbell Deadlifts – 30 Seconds
Woman performing a deadlift, with the weighted assistance of dumbbells

You have successfully started your own “Fitmas” tradition that is sure to be the gift that keeps on giving! If you’re wondering whether this workout’s magic only comes with the Christmas spirit, fear not! Now that you’ve got this beauty of a total body blaster, feel free to utilize it whenever the urge hits!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, y’all!

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Josh is a massive weight loser. A journey that started when he was very young and battling depression, eating disorders, and bullies. His life’s mission is to always have an arm outstretched to those who are looking for a helping hand. He leads with the most important tools he has: heart and soul.